Arie Luyendyk Jr. REALLY Just Took Credit for Becca Kufrin’s New Bachelorette Role

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If you're a fan of The Bachelor, chances are that the last 48 hours have been a wild ride for you. From watching Arie Luyendyk Jr. dump Becca Kufrin on national television (in “unedited, raw footage”) to seeing them come face-to-face on After The Final Rose, and then seeing Arie propose to his runner up, Lauren Burnham moments later? Yeah, it's been a lot. And now, Arie's trying to defend his decision to end things with Becca — and let's just say it's not exactly helping his case.

During an appearance on Good Morning America the morning after part two of the finale aired, Arie opened up about why he had cameras follow him to his breakup… and his take on the situation is — in a word — interesting.

“Honestly, I wanted her to have the opportunity to be the potential Bachelorette,” Arie told GMA.

Wait. Hold up. Is Arie seriously trying to take credit for Becca's success right now? Obviously, people are rooting for Becca now that they've seen her get her heart stomped on in real time. And yes, Becca is the next Bachelorette, but let's not pretend that Arie showed up to that happy couple visit, camera crew in tow, because he was trying to do Becca a favor.

The rest of his defense did make a little more sense, to be fair. Apparently, Arie just wanted there to be no room for speculation when it came to their breakup, so that's why he felt like capturing it all on camera would be a good idea.

“I think for me, I really wanted everyone to know that this was on me, this was my fault,” he said. “I felt like filming that would let people know that. That, if there were any questions on the breakup, those would be squashed if they saw the breakup. I hope I gave her a little bit of closure.”

Well, we'd say Becca definitely has closure, if for no other reason than stating in plain terms that he's “1000% over [her]” on After The Final Rose Tuesday night. Because that's normal weeks after calling off an engagement? Basically everyone who's been watching for the last two nights can probably agree that yes, this was Arie's fault, and it really sucks that Becca not only had to be put through all of that but also had to watch it back with the rest of Bachelor Nation. Ugh.

“This ending obviously wasn’t perfect,” Arie added. “I know it’s difficult for a lot of people to swallow. Becca is going to be the new Bachelorette and I’m very happy for her in that. There’s a happy ending to this story.”

If you'd call becoming the next Bachelorette after being publicly humiliated a happy ending, then yes, Becca definitely did get her happy ending. And now that Arie's time in the spotlight is over, we hope to never hear from that jerk again. It's time for Becca to find the right guy. (The first five suitors she met last night definitely showed some potential!) After everything she's been through, she deserves it.